Courts & Crime

September 20, 2009

In California, fear of Mexican cartels in state's pot industry

California is shattering records for pot seizures, and authorities blame the increase on Mexican drug networks that seek remote growing sites, supply and arm workers, and harvest and traffic the product. Authorities have found no direct link to the ruthless Mexican cartels blamed for 11,000 killings and a virtual civil war south of the border. But they are encountering heavily armed people willing to shoot it out to defend their cash crop.

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